Vermaelen is transferring to FC Barcelona. The Catalan team have come to an agreement with Arsenal over the transfer fee for the 28 year old Belgian defender, which is reported to be around 15 million Pounds. Manchester United was looking to sign the player, but apparently lost interest after Arsenal demanded the Red Devils include a player in the deal. He must still pass a medical test and come to personal terms with the Spanish side before the deal is finalized. Arsene Wenger:
He needs to play now. He has shown an outstanding attitude but he is in a position where we wouldn’t stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.